ACIM Workbook Lesson 188 – for Saturday, July 7, 2012
Affirmation: “The peace of God is shining in me now.”
“Why wait for Heaven? Those who seek the light are merely covering their eyes. The light is in them now. Enlightenment is but a recognition, not a change at all. Light is not of the world, yet you who bear the light in you are alien here as well. The light came with you from your native home, and stayed with you because it is your own. It is the only thing you bring with you from Him Who is your source. It shines in you because it lights your home, and leads you back to where it came from and you are at home. (WB357)”
1 – Are Our Present Lives Unreal?
The most welcome opening sentences of the passage for today lend an unreal aspect to our mundane lives. Can it truly be that we are missing out on Heaven on earth because we are covering our eyes from the light that would show us Heaven?
2 – Enlightenment
Importantly, we see the way to Enlightenment (also called Awakening in ACIM) pointed out in this passage as well. We “recognize,” but we are not miraculously changed. Our personalities remain the same. And A Course of Love (perhaps a sequel to A Course in Miracles) says that we do not have to be perfect to experience this change. We need only to make the decision for those imperfect things (or things that we deem to be imperfect) be eliminated from our emotional make-up, and they will be gone. Throughout ACIM we are told that our minds make our experience of this world. In A Course of Love, we are told that wholeheartedness is the aim toward which we are now ready to point. This is a blend of mind and heart, for the heart knows blessings and understands concepts (intuitively) that the mind can never know.
3 – End of the Journey
When we have taken the steps outlined in both A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love, we will be at home in God. The end of the journey that never began is at hand. May this blessing come sooner rather than later.
I would walk ever closer to You and ever-closer to Christ-consciousness. I would not do so in arrogance, but in true humility and with the Authority that You give me. You are the Source. May I never forget that.
Be with me today through the sometimes lonely road that we all walk. May I find my friends there for me today, and especially may I find my significant others there for me.
Help us to help each other, as Jesus would certainly proscribe.